Posted by ScooterDevil on March 08, 18 at 21:37:28:
In Reply to: Pressure was too Much! posted by WalkerDevil on March 08, 18 at 10:48:22:
I appreciate all your insight Walker, but I disagree about the pressure. They gave up 97 points to a team that was averaging 68. That was lack of effort on the defensive end. I am very worried that Bobby is too much of a "friend" to these players and that interferes with him holding them accountable. That was not a big team we played and they murdered us on the boards. They went after the ball and we stood around and watched it.
Bobby Knight had a great quote about coaching. He said the great coaches are those that can get players to play harder than they think they are capable of playing. I love that Bobby builds great relationships with his players, but on defense in particular they do not execute. They may pressure the ball when their guy has it but on ball screens our bigs wonder back to the paint instead of run back.
I admit that I am not at practice, and living in St. Louis I am not at many of the games. So I don't know what Bobby is doing as a coach. I just know that way too often I heard Don McLean mention how he hasn't seen a team play this well offensively all season, when they happened to be playing us. I know I heard him say it about Colorado (twice), Oregon, and Cal.
: That's what I thought toward the end of the game. Missing shots we should make. Very disappointed. The team I saw in Vegas in November has lost that swagger. They will have to wait to Sunday to see their fate. Joe Lunardi has them the last 4 in. I would take that. It is still in the Big Dance. The pressure will be off that they have made the Dance. Playing in Dayton before few Sun Devil fans, it will be like playing at Kansas. I heard Tim say on the radio that ASU did not think they would be in NIT so they did not bid to host a game. Even though we would be a high seed in NIT for just missing the Dance, they will be sent some where else to play. As bad as the regular season and PAC-12 tourney ended, the future is bright for next season. I will have more to post on stories I read about Valtonen and Dort in National Prep School Invitational. As a side note there is a lot of crap being posted on the football board by some people who would be more at home posting on the recruiting boards. I thought about posting there to correct statements but I have better things to do than spending my time replying to them.
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